Waymo's self-driving cars just got classy

Waymo's self-driving cars just got classy

Waymo will include up to 20,000 Jaguar I-PACE electric vehicles in its upcoming autonomous fleet as part of a long-term partnership between Alphabet Inc's self-driving unit and Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc, the two companies said on Tuesday.

"That Waymo want to offer one million rides a day shows they're definitely going after Uber", commented Mr Stevens.

Waymo now tests its self-driving system on Chrysler Pacifica minivans built by Fiat Chrysler. On-road testing and capturing real-world data will allow Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover engineers to refine technology and deliver optimum safety and reliability. Over the weekend, Krafcik said that Waymo's technology "would be able to handle situations like that one".

"Imagine a world where you can take a self-driving minivan to the baseball game with family, and a self-driving I-PACE home after a night out - in both cases, a auto perfectly suited for your needs", said the Waymo Team in a Medium posting.

The new vehicle is the Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV, which was first unveiled as a concept in November 2016. This would also be the most powerful vehicle in Waymo's fleet by far with a combined 400hp and 512 lb-ft of torque from its dual electric motors.

Waymo's Krafcik, however, asserted that his company has already run 5 million miles of testing on public highways and simulated another 5 billion miles in virtual reality.

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Waymo has spent almost a decade developing what many experts call the most sophisticated self-driving technology on the road, but Krafcik said his company has now "shifted our focus from research and development to operations and deployment".

"Jaguar-Land Rover is the flawless partner for Waymo".

The deal could give Waymo extra cachet with riders, since the Jaguar I-Pace comes from a luxury brand.

Krafcik was extremely vague at the event when asked how many cities he'd like to see Waymo in in the next two years.

Waymo announced its partnership with Jaguar through an official Medium post, where it claimed that it was joining forces with the automobile manufacturer to create "the world's first premium electric fully self-driving vehicle".

Waymo is moving ahead with its plans to launch a driverless service, Krafcik said. "That's the world we're building".

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